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My Friend Alexa, Season 4- Reflection Post

The My Friend Alexa campaign, Season 4, was conducted by Blogchatter in September, 2019. Being a newbie blogger, I have just been trying to find my feet in the blogging world. After a rather slow start, I had participated in Blogchatter’s A to Z Challenge 2019, which was conducted in April this year. For both …

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The End is Just Another Beginning

I have always believed that there was history before history, and there is history after history. For every end is just another beginning. When I started “A Not-so Historical Tale of Shimla Town”, I had just one book in my hand (Edward J Buck’s ‘Simla: Past and Present’, published in the year 1904). Which meant …

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The End of An Era

The story of Simla in the 19th century was written by the British. It was their ideal retreat and they planned everything about Simla- from its shape and features to its social framework and destiny…or so, they thought. What they did not realize in their zeal and over-enthusiasm was that they had sown, within the …

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Two Lives

History isn’t guaranteed alone by political ramblings or wobbling economies. The social milieu or fabric is what actually seams history. So, even as we may talk of the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century or the building of the railways, it would be incomplete unless we have a look at how life was being lived …

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British Jewel of the Orient

The railways in India are truly a legacy of the British Raj. In a previous chapter, we spoke of how Industrialization was a big phase in Europe in the early 19th century. As a result, there were engineering enthusiasts who dreamt of covering the earth with cast iron rails. At the same time, the rising …

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Shyamala to Simla

For Previous chapters click here… ****************************************************************************** “If History were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling After the Gorkha leaders had been quelled, the British, who saw Shyamala as an obscure village, gave it to the Patiala Raja for the assistance rendered by him in the war (read about …

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Discovering Shyamala

When God created the earth, he was essentially playing treasure hunt. He precariously placed some fortunes all around and left it to man to discover them. A chance discovery of these treasures has always been special. I’m sure Columbus was on cloud nine when he stumbled upon the Americas while trying to find a direct …

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A Not So Historical Tale of Shimla Town- Preface

(picture) “So long as Tara Devi sees The lights of Shimla Town,“ wrote the eminent English writer Rudyard Kipling in the year 1887. More than a century later, the first breath-taking view of the town beguiles you from the very same spot. Simla, Shyamala or Shimla- call it by any name you please, I always …

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